Critic Consensus: While it has moments of dark humor and the requisite scares, Orphan fails to build on its interesting premise and degenerates into a formulaic, sleazy horror/thriller.
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Critic Reviews for Orphan
Director Jaume Collet-Serra (House of Wax) endows this ugly mess with a slew of unintentional laughs, but not enough to repay the 123-minute time suck.
This wickedly entertaining, if slightly over-stretched, variation on the familiar 'evil child' scenario displays an unusually complex grasp of twisted psychology.
It would be harder to find a more dark and joyless thriller on the market than this one.
It's bloody, you should be warned, but in the end it is worth it.
Audience Reviews for Orphan
I hope I don't develop any brain damage after watching this awful piece of crap that goes for every single ridiculous cliché of horror movies: from stupid scares even when there is nothing to be afraid of to the most irritating idiocy of nobody ever believing the main character.
The evil child coming to a household that has it's own demons from the past to deal with is such a well known movie trope, that it's hard to imagine a film having much too add to the genre. And this one doesn't really. The tension builds slowly and you actually feel bad for the well acted child antagonist for a while. As things get more bloody, the film becomes less believable, but at least the twist adds some very fresh spice to the mix and doesn't have to rely on any supernatural element. The showdown is exciting even if a little unbelievable. Overall pretty entertaining and while never particularly scary the film has its moments of tension.
|Esther:||It must be hard to love an adopted child as much as your own.|
|Esther:||I'll cut your hairless little prick off before you even figure out what it's for.|
|Esther:||Thats the story of that's the glory of love.|
|Esther:||I know, they fuck|
|Esther:||I know, they fuck.|
|Esther:||I know. They fuck.|